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We have received the very sad news of the death of Penny Giddens on Sunday the 12th of August.
We offer our sincere condolences to all her family and many friends.
Penny and Repertory
Penny joined the Repertory Society in the early 50's and has worked with our company ever since, eventually, after acting and backstage work, became Stage Director. Many highlights of course, but in particular was appointed Stage Director to the first Christchurch Arts Festival when Repertory staged the York Cycle of Mystery plays. After directing many plays for Repertory she subsequently became the Artistic Director.
Service to Theatre and Canterbury Opera
In the mid 70's Penny was invited to become the Shopping Reporter at 3ZB and spent some years broadcasting in that programme and the women's hour. In 1980 she was awarded the OSM for service to theatre and to Canterbury Opera (where she was a foundation member) and for her work on the schools' programme. She eventually directed some 30 musicals for Repertory and other companies, many Children's Theatre plays, as well as many productions for Repertory starting with The Boyfriend.
In the August 2012 Reporter newesletter it was announced that the documentation from the 2012 AGM would be available on line. The two links below will enable you to download and view these in Adobe PDF format.